How did hundreds of fish float to the surface of a retention pond in Vanderburgh County? Some neighbors would like to know.
People off North Green River Road, just south of Boonville-New Harmony Road, say dead fish popped up in their pond last Wednesday.
Believe it or not, Evansville officials say it may have been drinking water that killed them, but neighbors didn’t know it until Monday.
“I can’t seem to get anybody to give me any answers,” said Brent Sharp. “I know when this all first started it was during the holiday weekend, but there’s been some people out since.”
Sharp says he watched workers clean up the dead fish, but they wouldn’t tell him what happened. Sharp says hundreds, if not thousands, of fish died in the pond last week.
“They were littered all the way around the lake, and out the outlet for the pond on the Green River Road side,” he said.
Scores of fish are still belly-up in the ditches outside the neighborhood Monday afternoon.
Allen Mounts, Director of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility, says water line replacement is the likely fish kill culprit.
Mounts says Blankenberger Brothers is the contractor doing the $1.5 million project to replace pipes in the area. Mounts says a routine line flush after a boil advisory sent drinking water into the pond.
Disinfectant in the water that’s harmless to humans can kill fish, Mounts says.
Eyewitness News tried to reach Blankenberger Brothers over the phone Monday, but a woman who answered the phone said “they’re not interested” in explaining what happened.
Mounts says in his seven years heading the water department, he’s never had this problem. He is still working to find out how it happened and how to keep it from happening again.
Sharp just wants to see more fish in the pond. “They need to restore the lake to where it was beforehand,” he said.
If neighbors want to file for damages, they can do that with a tort claim.